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Large Traditional Family friendly Fermette in Extensive Gardens



Updated: 10-Oct-2016
Holiday Home in Dominois, Somme, Pas-de-Calais - Peaceful Rural Location in the Lovely 7 Vallees Region, yet just half an hour from Beach

The timber framed fermette, all rooms beamed, in a grassy courtyard with barn and outhouses and extensive gardens to the rear, is typical of rural France. Ours lies in a sleepy village, with boulangerie and regionally famous restaurant just five minutes drive away.

The valley is full of woods, ponds, river and is a popular area for walking, cycling, hunting, shooting and fishing.

The world famous Abbaye de Valloires is just 3 kilometres away, and an ancient watermill that now houses a bakery and creperie.

Excellent golf courses and wonderful sandy beaches are within half an hour, and fashionable resorts like Le Touquet.

The region abounds with excellent yet inexpensive restaurants, taking a particular pride in local produce.

A perfect region from which to explore medieval (Crecy, Agincourt) and first world war (Arras, Albert, Bapaume) battlefields, or cities like Paris (1.5 hrs), Liile (1.5 hrs), Amiens and Rouen (1 hr).

The area holds many festivals and cultural events. The nearby towns of Montreuil (completely walled) and Hesdin are particularly interesting.

There are many child friendly activities, especially at the coast, including water parks, acquariums, amusement parks, swimming pools. It is a water sport and golfers paradise.

A car is essential.

More Details
  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Washing machine

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About the Owner

We are two retired academics with a passion for France and Italy - their food, wine, history, culture, landscape, people. It was our lifetime dream to have places of our own there, and to share them with friends and family. Now we are happy to share them more widely with others who we hope will develop their own love affair with these beautiful countries.

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Speaks English, French, German, Italian

Guestbook comments from the owner

Friends think it is an excellent party house, or for a large family gathering.

"When you sit on the patio and listen to the birds, all the pressures in life just drift away." Emma Tallantyre.
Nov 2009
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3 Reviews

based on 3 holidaymaker reviews


Nice stay in Dominois

  • 4 of 5

Nice house, it is well equipped though no dishwasher, with a large group would be handy! We were driving distance to the beaches and walking distance to an abbey with beautiful gardens and we could walk to a restaurant in the next village, Argoules. Really nice restaurant. You will need to drive far for a big supermarket. I would suggest to the owners that they should put details of a bakery, supermarket etc in an easy reachable folder, we couldn't find the info so had to rely on google! All info about restaurants though.

The garden was lovely and big, great for the kids to run around in. Nice big house, the Kitchen is not to big but ok two people, though the coffee machine needed an English adaptor, which was not available. The house has a few cobwebs, but I must say for the price it was great. I would definitely go back.

  • Review Submitted: May 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this fair review. We will update information to include details of bakery, supermarket etc on next trip. There was an adaptor there, but sometimes these little items disappear - we will replace on next visit. Will also consider getting a dishwasher, though details are clear that at this time there isn't one. We always welcome feedback and are glad you enjoyed your stay.
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Our first overseas trip with the dogs!

  • 3 of 5

Massive property in a very quite part of the countryside a car is a essential. The garden was lovely but the dogs were not allowed the freedom of the garden because its a shared garden with next door. We only used the bottom half of the propoerty which was lovely but the older or original part of the property felt cold and unwelcoming. This is a great property for a larger family holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your review. The house is used a lot for family get togethers. The older part offers great flexibility for bigger parties and is warmer during the main season.
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Fantasic value.

  • 5 of 5

Travelling with another family we booked this accommodation very late as the previous cottage that we had reserved in Fruges had fallen through, leaving us very little time to find a replacement. How pleased we were when we stumbled across this little gem...and it was a lower price than we were due to pay.

The property was easy enough to find albeit a little remote. It’s situated on a quiet country lane about 20 min drive from any larger towns with supermarkets. There is a Boulangerie across the river about 1.5 miles away in one direction and a restaurant about 1 mile in the opposite direction, with nothing but beautiful countryside and the occasional house in between.

The house itself was great, the garden which dropped down quite steeply from the terrace at the back of the house was huge, allowing the children (age 4/6/7/9) to go off exploring in the knowledge that they were safe. The stairs in the old part of the house were very steep, so we tried to keep the children away from them where possible, but when required to climb them at bedtimes etc. they done so with no issues.

Inside the house there were a few cobwebs and the odd spider, but it’s a big house in the middle of the countryside that’s not regularly lived in, so understandably trying to keep on top of things like this is not the easiest.

The house was well kitted out with just about every kitchen utensil you can think of as well as sun loungers/garden furniture, DVD’s, CD’s, books and much to our enjoyment a vast selection of board games.

We had several days out in Berck, Le Touquet and a small theme park in Dennebroeucq all within 30-50 mins from the cottage.

All in all we had a great week in a house which had more than everything that we required.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for this very fair review.
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From the Owner

For several years before buying we had taken cycling holidays in Northern France. We were enchanted by a region that was so easy to get to, and yet so bypassed by English tourists. With the beautiful countryside of the 7 valleys, plus the spectacular Atlantic beaches, then the historical legacy from centuries of fighting with the English, we found it to be full of interest. We discovered a region proud of its 'terroir', which means lots of excellent restaurants without city prices. Its roads are uncluttered, and yet there is easy access to lovely cities like Amiens, Rouen, Paris, Lille. We couldn't get enough of it ourselves, and wanted to share it with our family and friends, so bought a nice big house in the countryside, near to a spectacular Abbey and watermill in the Authie valley.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Beauvais at 120 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Douriez at 3 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Calais at 60 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Nampont St Martin at 8 Kilometres Nearest Train : Montreuil at 15 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Calais to Amiens at 12 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Douriez at 3 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Berck at 20 Kilometres Car: necessary


Half an hour brings you to Berck, a lively seaside resort, or to the quieter Fort Mahon and Quend. A few minutes more gets you to the fashionable resort of le Touquet. with stunning shops, homes and facilities, or to the historic St Valery and Le Crotoy, famous for their mussels and Joan of Arc.

Apart from swimming and sunbathing, the area is famous for horse riding, ornithology, wind surfing, sand yachting, etc


The beautiful 7 vallees region is just an hour south of Calais, so ideal for short as well as long trips. It has a good rail infrastructure, with trains to Paris and Amiens from local stations. A car is essential for getting around, but parking is easy everywhere, usually free, and roads quiet.


Within and surrounded by beautiful villages. Nearest facilities and restaurants 2klms at Douriez and Argoules, Nearest towns Crecy (8klms), Montreuil (12 klms), Hesdin (12 klms). Local beauty spots Abbaye de Valloires and Moulin de Maintenay (3 klms). Amiens and Rouen are 1 hr by car, and Paris and Liile 1.5 hrs, with many other towns and visitor attractions nearer. The first world war battlefields can be accessed within an hour.

Further Details:

There are lots of festivals and cultural events throughout the year, but especially in the summer and pre Xmas. They are often related to the sea, or to regional produce. Restaurants are high quality but less expensive than in other parts of France. The area produces its own cider and poiree, and you can buy and taste wines from all around the country. Many visitor attractions. Large supermarkets with wonderful produce. A lovely region to visit at any time of the year and so accessible from the UK and Northern Europe.


Rental rates

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £85

Booking Notes:
A 20% deposit is taken at the time of booking, with the balance payable within eight weeks of arrival. Long weekends accepted as well as longer stays, but prices otherwise quoted in weekly rates, for either the original house only (sleeps up to 6) or for the whole house (sleeps up to 10). Guests should bring their own bed linen and towels. A fully refundable security deposit may be charged.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is normally Saturday in high season, but can be flexible at other times.

Notes on prices:
A 10 euro per day heating supplement may be charged from October till end of April

20% Deposit on booking. Balance and damages deposit eight weeks in advance.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

We feel we get all the peace of the countryside, yet have the fun of the beach, or the cultural interest from endless festivals of music, drama, food, wine etc. It is great spot from which to visit the 1st World War battlefields, or the Normandy beaches, or even the medieval sites of Crecy and Agincourt. There are chateaux, walled towns, underground cities, gardens, golf courses, wind sports schools, and many other activities in an area that hasn't been spoiled by tourists, yet it is just an hour south of Calais. You know its France from the minute you exit the Tunnel, but you don't need the long drives. We have gone every month for six years, but now we are retired we can go for fewer but longer spells and share it around with others a bit more.

Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • groceries
  • hospital

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Downstairs bathroom with bath, shower, basin, toilet in original wing. Upstairs bathroom with shower, basin and toilet in new wing.


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (5 Bedrooms), or 6 in original wing only Notes on bedrooms: Bedrooms 1 and 2 have double beds, wardrobes, drawers, etc Bedroom 3 has double bed, drawers, etc Bedroom 4 has twin beds, wardrobe, drawers, etc Bedroom 5 has twin beds and drawers, etc Additional double futon bed in the original living room.


  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: Parking for three cars within grounds. Safe play for children in enclosed grounds, but caution needed for open staircases and outhouses. Adults need to watch out for low beams in most rooms. Baby friendly, with travel cot and high chair. Outside: Courtyard grassed garden and patio to front, and long lawned garden and patio to rear. Sun loungers and garden games available, plus tables and chairs suitable for use on patios. Outside lights to front and rear. There is a portable barbecue. Hard standing for three cars on drive. Open barn and 4 outhouses. The house is detached, with neighbours on one side only and farm land to the other, with cows in field. Utility Room: There is a cellar in the original house and a utility mezzanine in the new wing. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels are not included. The property is cleaned between lets, but can be arranged within lets for an extra charge. Other: Open staircases lead to the upper floors, and all rooms have open beams, tiled or wooden floors. Gardens and grass, trees and shrubs, with lots of room to play safely or lounge.

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